07:13 AM EDT 12/17/2014
Gary David Goldberg
Originally posted 09/22/2013 11:45PM
There was an outcry when the Emmy producers announced that they were paying special tribute during Sunday's telecast to five people the industry had lost over the past year.
The rumblings were so loud about what some saw as favoritism that even Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris stepped into the fray to explain the reasoning.
"I always find the In Memoriam is just really interesting because sometimes it seems weird that they keep the audio on in the house, so some people get applause and some people don't, and it turns it into this weird moment," he told Access Hollywood. "And you want that moment to be honoring those people, and not a competition."
Originally posted 09/17/2013 05:45PM
Gone, but not forgotten.
2013 saw many unexpected Hollywood deaths, but the legacy of the beloved stars who passed away will live on in a special expanded Primetime Emmy Awards memoriam segment.
The careers of James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg will all be highlighted.
Originally posted 06/24/2013 04:45PM
Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, has died.
Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported.
Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City.
"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement on Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly."
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